We chose our route, read the details and looked at the maps. One wonders if too much information can be a bad thing.
Where shall we go this year?
Having chosen our route we set off Tuesday 26th having set up the boat on Monday. Heading south down the North Oxford and stopped overnight just after the Barby Straight. Very uneventful cruising even a little quieter than we were expecting. Next morning cruised to Braunston,called into Wharf House Narrowboats and bought 2 Life Jackets. The route we have chosen this year is a The Thames Ring. Down the South Oxford, along the Thames, up the Grand Union and back to base on the North Oxford.
Having turned down the Grand Union at Braunston Turn we passed a few obstacles.
Will someone love me?
Sharing the waterway with canoers.
Thursday night was spent at Cropredy, a very pretty village and buzzing with canal life. Colin was very tempted to stay as there is the Fairlight Convention next week but we have made other plans to meet up with friends so must head on. More very pleasant cruising to Banbury. Stopped in the centre for a couple of hours and then cruised on. Again very quiet cruising 'til stopping at Aynho. The last lock of the day was extremely heavy, I'm glad I was steering!!
It's only shallow but very deceptive!!